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CNN: Team Obama: Don't expect debate 'zingers' from president
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign said Sunday the president likely won't be flinging barbs during this week's presidential debate. "If you're expecting that, that's probably not what he's going to deliver," campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Air Force One. "He's speaking directly to the American people, and what they want to hear is what his plan is for moving the country forward."
CNN: Ryan notes campaign ‘missteps,’ claims media bias
GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan acknowledged the Republican campaign's "missteps" on Sunday, calling Mitt Romney’s now-notorious “47%” comments “inarticulate,” while still defending the crux of his running mate’s argument. Ryan also took the media to task for what he called bias against conservatives.
CNN: Election raises stakes for possible Supreme Court vacancies
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney wasted little time rushing to the cameras when the Supreme Court narrowly upheld the president's sweeping health care reform law. Their remarks after the June ruling were a contrast of competing rhetoric over a contentious piece of legislation, and a prism into how each candidate hopes to quietly change the makeup of the federal courts.
CNN: Presidential debates good for voters, says expert
Presidential candidate debates rarely, if ever, change an election's outcome, but they tend to be good for voters, a specialist in political campaign communication told CNN Sunday. "People tend to look for little moments that encapsulate the whole campaign," said Bill Benoit, a professor in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University in Athens.
CNN: Bonnie and Clyde's guns go for anything but a steal at auction
The most prized possessions of Bonnie and Clyde, the notorious lovebird bandits killed nearly 80 years ago, were sold for a price that the couple could only imagine getting after one of their infamous bank jobs. One of the featured items of the auction was Bonnie Parker's personal Colt .38 snub-nosed revolver, which sold for $264,000. Clyde Barrow's Colt .45 sold for $240,000.
CNN: Search for Jimmy Hoffa: Is the answer in the soil of a Michigan home?
Authorities were expected to announce Monday if soil samples taken from a Michigan home once owned by a bookmaker yielded evidence of the remains of former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa. Two soil samples were taken from a home in the suburban Detroit community of Roseville last week after a tipster claimed he saw a body buried on the property a day after Hoffa disappeared in 1975.
CNN: 'Carmageddon II' traffic nightmare fails to materialize in Los Angeles
Ten miles of the nation's busiest highway should reopen, on time, Monday morning after the latest phase in a massive project that led Southern California officials to dub it "Carmageddon II." Despite the closure of a large swath of Interstate 405, the nightmare traffic tie-ups that prompted that fittingly Hollywood-worthy name failed to materialize over the weekend.
CNN: Arthur Sulzberger, longtime New York Times publisher, dead at 86
Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, the influential publisher who transformed The New York Times in his long tenure, has died at age 86, the newspaper reported Saturday. Sulzberger died Saturday at his home in Southampton, New York, after a long illness, the paper said, citing his family.
CNN: Thousands displaced as Syrian authorities demolish Hama neighborhood
Syrian security forces are overseeing the systematic displacement of thousands and then demolishing their neighborhood in the western flashpoint city of Hama, residents told CNN. Tanks completely surround the Mesha Alarbaeen district in Hama - once home to about 30,000 mostly poor residents as well as the hub of opposition activity in the city - as bulldozers operate inside, tearing down homes.
CNN: South African commission probing miners' deaths starts proceedings
A South African commission tasked with investigating the killings of dozens of striking miners by police starts its proceedings Monday. President Jacob Zuma ordered the inquiry into the killings, one of the deadliest attacks since the end of apartheid in 1994.The proceedings will be open to the public except in cases where officials believe justice will be undermined, the commission said in a statement.
CNN: Russian court to hear appeal for Pussy Riot band members
An appeal hearing is scheduled Monday for members of the punk rock band Pussy Riot, who were sentenced to two years for performing a song critical of President Vladimir Putin. The three women were convicted in August for hooliganism, sparking an international outcry. Authorities charged them after they criticized Putin in one of Moscow's grandest cathedrals.
CNN: Georgians vote in polarized elections
Georgia holds parliamentary elections Monday, the outcome of which will have ramifications beyond just the lawmaking body. The result will also affect the structure of political power in the southwest Asian nation, and the role of the presidency - almost nine years after the Rose Revolution brought Mikheil Saakashvili to power.
CNNMoney: Economists reluctantly pick Romney
Economists think Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would be better for the economy than President Obama. But they're not very enthusiastic about either of them. Nine of 17 top economists surveyed by CNNMoney picked Romney when asked whose election would help the economy grow more. Only three picked Obama.
CNNMoney: Stocks: Job market to steal the show
The fourth quarter kicks off with a series of important reports on the U.S. economy. While data from across the economic spectrum is expected this week, investors will pay most attention to reports about jobs. Figures about private sector job growth from paycheck processing firm ADP and a reading on initial claims will give a preview of what's going on in the labor market on Wednesday and Thursday.
CNNMoney: China manufacturing slump drags on
Activity in China's factory sector continued to slide last month, bringing more bad news for the country's political class as they prepare for a once-a-decade leadership transition. The Chinese government said Monday that its official manufacturing index hit 49.8 in September, up from 49.2 in August. Any reading below 50 indicates that factory activity is shrinking rather than growing.
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